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We are delighted to announce that we will be welcoming visitors back to Holme Bird Observatory from Monday 13th July 2020, and we are very much looking forward to seeing you once again. Thank you to all our members and visitors for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. Please be aware that we are not yet able to restore full access.

Some restrictions must continue and these are as follows: Hempton Marsh and Walsey Hills reserves will be re-opening to visitors on 13th July, but hides on these reserves will remain closed. At Holme the following hides will remain closed for the time being: Redwell Marsh hide, Car Park hide, Sea-watching hide, Dell hide and Broadwater hide. The Bus-Stop, Dowson and Richardson hides will be accessible to one household at a time, and the viewing platform and seating area outside the cordon will be available as well, with social distancing in place. The Observatory building will also remain closed to visitors, but a member of staff will be able to come out to meet you. We do regret that for now visitors will not be able to empty moth traps with our staff, but we will retain specimens of special interest for visitors to view at a safe distance. We will continue to charge day permit fees.

We are very sorry not to offer a fuller visitor experience just yet, but these measures are for everyone's safety and we do appreciate your understanding. We will continue to review hide closures, and will post any changes on our website.

Wednesday 27th January 2016

A pair of Stonechats were around the observatory building, a path side Woodcock was disturbed early morning and on the sea birds recorded included a pair of Eider, three Red-throated Divers, three Red-breasted Mergansers and two Fulmar. The flock of c20 Twite were again present near the coal barn in Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Hen Harrier Choseley Drying Barns not Gyrfalcon, processed in error. PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Juvenile Male Pallid Harrier Flitcham at 12:45 briefly 1/2ml E/of B1153 off Abbey Road at Abbey Farm + Ringtail Hen Harrier & 60 Brambling minimum PE31 6BU TF726266
> Norfolk 13 Common Crane Hickling Broad NWT at Stubb Mill roost + Male Hen Harrier NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Warham Greens NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Great White Egret Bowthorpe Marsh at 09:53
> Norfolk 4 Caspian Gull East Winch S/of A47 & N/of riding school + 3 Yellow-legged Gull
> Norfolk 5 Hen Harrier Cley NWT + 2 Water Pipit NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB offshore early a/noon PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 20 Twite Thornham Harbour at 13:30 opposite stone barn TF728441 TF728441
> Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Titchwell RSPB on the sea at midday + Black-necked Grebe PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on drained pool PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Sandwich Tern E/past Overstrand at 09:05 NR27 0PF TG246410